Neeskens: We're afraid to lose

2012-11-12 14:21

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens believes his players are committing errors because they are afraid of losing more matches.

The Brazilians were unable to hoist themselves off the bottom of the PSL standings this weekend as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against neighbours University of Pretoria.

And Dutch tactician Neeskens admits the side's slump, which has seen them lose six league matches out of 10, has unsurprisingly affected the morale in the camp.

"I have noticed that my players are afraid of losing," Neeskens told Football411. "I think we started well against Tuks, but as soon as we scored things changed because we wanted to protect our lead and in the end we settled for a draw.

"I understand how my players feel because we haven't had an easy start to the season and we are bottom after 10 matches."

Despite their struggles, Sundowns continue to endure this campaign, and the 61-year-old former Barcelona midfielder remains confident of a swift turn-around.

"I'm disappointed with our season, but I know we can play better. It is not easy to see us at the bottom like that, because I believe we have a team that should be competing for the league," he added.

"I'm sure we will get it right soon."


  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-11-12 14:58

    Why still call him a tactician? The guy belongs in the past!

  • Konapi - 2012-11-12 14:58

    But my coach (Naskeens) I think things will turn around for our lovely Sundowns as soon as you resign. We are loosing tata but you keep on saying we play very well no Mnr ..... enough is enough .... I think its time for you to update your CV and disseminate to the other teams kuba your days are number @ Sundowns.

  • Simon Maabe - 2012-11-12 15:30

    I agree with the coach, the players do get to the mood of being afraid to loose. the question is, what are you doing to get them out sooner? We've also been too patient waiting for turnaround, and I simply don't see anything. at-least then, win this Telkom and avoid relegation, perhaps you'll plan better for next season.

      Konapi - 2012-11-12 15:56

      Simon, you agree with Naskeens? ...... when the players started to get to the mood of being afraid? This Naskeens failed Sundowns from last season can ask yourself why we (Sundowns) didnt win the league last year....if you remember plz tell me and dont tell me that the players were afraid to loose...... he must go now.....

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2012-11-12 15:37

    I'm suprized this man is still calling himself a Sundowns coach. I have to give it to Motsepe, he has patience of a prisoner.

  • unforgetteble.cakes - 2012-11-12 17:02

    Pls Mr Neskeens,i'm on my knees begging u 2 pls leave our team.U r destroying a brand that people worked so hard 2 build.admit you r failing n leave us alone!

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-11-12 17:43

    What is defination of failure in this man's book, i mean really now.

      Konapi - 2012-11-13 08:03

      He will tell you that we`re afraid to loose....and he is optimastic that things will turn around gwaaaaa......Jomo told the media last season that he was not luck but from the beggining of season until the end and he was relegated...

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